BBC Books

As many of you probably know, I really love reading. I have just finished reading:

I really enjoyed this book. The lectures that I do note taking for are English Literature, and for their seminars one of the first books they had to read was this, so I got to hear all about it, and hear it analyzed before I read it, but that was probably quite good because I was critical of it while I was reading rather than just enjoying it.
The book is set almost in an autobiographical way, the narrator, Kathy, seems to be talking to the reader who she perceives as another person in her position. I don’t want to give away the whole book by saying what her “position” is, but it’s more sinister than it is made out in the book. The narrator begins telling you about her life in an English boarding school, but it is not a normal one as they are learning different things and are very sheltered from the outside world, in fact they have absolutely no experience of it; however it still has that close boarding school atmosphere which I’m used to, probably one reason why I’m so drawn to the book.
The book presented some strong moral and ethical ideas to me, and probably to everyone else who reads it, even though it seems completely normal to the characters. This probably sounds very strange to you because if you haven’t read the book you won’t have a clue what I’m talking about! But I promise it is a very good book and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2005.

Anyway, I also wanted to post this list of BBC Books:
Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Instructions: Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read an excerpt.

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4. The Harry Potter Series- JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13. Catch 22- Joseph Heller
14. The Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier (I read this in French haha!)

16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19. The Time Travelers Wife – Audrey Niffenberger

20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House- Charles Dickens

24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited- Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. The Grapes of Wrath- John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34. Emma -Jane Austen
35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden (one of my favourite books ever!)
40. Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
41. Animal Farm – George Orwell

42. The DaVinci Code- Dan Brown

43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50. Atonement – Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel

52. Dune – Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

63. The Secret HistoryDonna Tartt (another one of my favourites, definitely recommend it!)
64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

70. Moby Dick- Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72. Dracula – Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From a Small Island- Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses – James Joyce
76. The Inferno – Dante
77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78. Germinal – Emile Zola

79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession – AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker

84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

87. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94. Watership Down – Richard Adams

95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

So I’ve read 44 of these, and read a part of 7 of them.
I’ve seen some people who’ve done this list and count Harry Potter as 7 and all the Shakespeare ones separately, but I haven’t done that!
So if you like reading too, pass this on and do it yourself, link back to me if you do =D



  1. December 1, 2010 / 9:41 pm

    I am in the process of trying to finish this book, but I am really enjoying it thus far.

  2. December 2, 2010 / 3:10 am

    I need to buy this book– you are the THIRD person to mention it to me.

    And thank you, sweet girl, for your comment on my post.. Thank you. <3

  3. December 2, 2010 / 2:47 pm

    thanks for your sweet comment! thats a shame about your advent calendar! mind you i left mine at my nans once and had to open all 24 at once – it was a good day. new outfit post on my blog 🙂

    i really want to read never let me go, its on my xmas list



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